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2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Final Check In

2014 January 26
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This is it! There are less than 24 hours until the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association Midwinter conference. (Watch the livestream here.) Tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM Eastern, everyone will find out which book won the 2014 Morris Award and which won the 2014 Excellence in Nonfiction Award. (Among other awards.) Did you read all the nominated titles? Congratulations! Please fill out the form below and give yourself a big pat on the back. If you didn’t read as many as you hoped to, that’s OK! You can still read them after tomorrow.

And keep your eyes on The Hub where we will soon announce the 2014 Hub Reading Challenge, encompassing all of YALSA’s 2014 award winning books and finalists, as well as top ten lists, the Schneider Family Book Award and the Stonewall Book Award.
Happy Almost Youth Media Awards Day, everyone! It’s our own Librarian Oscars! Can’t wait to hear about (and read) the winners.

~Geri Diorio, currently reading Ninety Percent of Everything by Rose George

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13 Responses
  1. January 26, 2014

    Unfortunately, my library didn’t have all the books in stock and I wasn’t able to procure them in time to complete the challenge so I’m throwing in the towel. I was able to read Belle Epoque, and Charm and Strange, both of which I enjoyed immensely. I can’t wait for big 2014 Hub Reading Challenge to start and look forward to plowing through some titles right out of the gate.

  2. January 26, 2014

    Hurray! I finished all of the Nonfiction finalists, and four of the five Morris finalists. I would have finished all of the Morris finalists, but I simply was never in the right mood to read Sex & Violence.

    Belle Epoque and Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design are my two favorites. I think I might even purchase my own copy of Go.

    I really enjoyed this push. Not only did this mini-challenge encourage me to spend some cold winter nights with a good book, but it also generated a New Year’s resolution to update and maintain my Goodreads account. I’m primed for the 2014 Hub Reading Challenge!

  3. Sara Ray permalink
    January 26, 2014

    I finished a couple of days ago with the nonfiction titles. I can’t wait to start on the challenge (right after I finish the new Laurie Halse Anderson book)!! I liked them all. The last one I read was The Nazi Hunters and I was so engulfed in it and didn’t want to put it down!

  4. Sarah permalink
    January 26, 2014

    As I expected, I didn’t complete the challenge. In total, I read four of the five Morris finalists (lacking BELLE EPOQUE) – I think SEX & VIOLENCE is my pick for the winner. I read three of the five non-fiction titles (no PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SHOT or GO) – my pick is IMPRISONED, though I don’t feel terribly strongly for it over the other two. Can’t wait to see the announcements tomorrow!

  5. Erica Christianson permalink
    January 26, 2014

    Just finished my last title –
    Managed to squeeze in reading all 10 title (barely!). I found that I enjoyed the non-fiction titles overall more than I did the Morris titles.

    My favorites were Belle Epoque and Go followed closely by Nazi Hunters and The President Has Been Shot.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s announcements and starting on the 2014 Hub Challenge!

  6. Ann Pechacek permalink
    January 26, 2014

    I finished all 5 of the nonfiction titles. It’s had to choose my winner but it might have to be Nazi Hunters. Only book I didn’t get to is Charm & Strange. I have to admit In the Shadow of Blackbirds was much better than I thought it was going to be but my winner is Sex and Violence. Really great titles on both challenges.

  7. Jody permalink
    January 26, 2014

    I just finished!!! I did all ten, I’m so proud! Can’t wait for the next challenge!

  8. Jenn C permalink
    January 26, 2014

    Just finished reading the Morris finalists. My favourite was Belle Époque, but I have a feeling that Sex & Violence might take home the crown. Cat’t wait for the main challenge to start!

  9. Sharon Amastae permalink
    January 26, 2014

    I came to Midwinter lacking Charm & Strange because I couldn’t locate it in any library or bookstore, but found a copy in the exhibits and just finished it! Sex & Violence is my favorite for the Morris. I only finished one nonfiction, but will start right in on the rest for the Hub Challenge. I did like Imprisoned, the one I was able to find and read.

  10. January 27, 2014

    Read Belle Epoque this week, which finished all ten for me. My happiness in finishing is tempered somewhat in the winners I see this morning – didn’t expect either of them.

  11. Lisa Kilian permalink
    January 27, 2014

    I will finish Sex and Violence today but I don’t think I’ll get to the last one — In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Bummer! Sex and Violence may be my pick for the win as well. It’s refreshing to hear this kind of story from a male narrator.

  12. Julie permalink
    January 27, 2014

    Think I have been leaving comments and book reviews in the wrong place. Anyway, I just finished this weekend. Had to go to a book store for 2 days and read “Go” as no library in this area had it. As an adult I learned a lot & will look at graphics in a different way now – will LOOK at them, not just see them. Projects in back were good. I finished both lists. Having snow days and living alone with no distractions helps. My favorite of all was Belle Epoque.

  13. January 28, 2014

    Was only able to finish 3 out of 5 of the nonfiction titles. However, I still plan on reading Imprisoned and Courage Has No Color.

    Really glad The Nazi Hunters won. It was incredible and would have had my vote. Although, it’s hard to compare Go with the 4 historical nonfiction books.

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